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NEWS: BP Ordered to Stop Work By Georgian Government

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posted on Jul, 28 2004 @ 02:03 PM
The oil giant BP has been forced by the government of Georgia to stop work on the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline. BP made promises to protect the environment and obtain proper notices from the government before certain sensitive areas were altered. BP did not follow up on their promises and so in order to protect the entire region that includes the Borjomi national park, the Georgian government has ordered BP to stop work immediately.
British oil giant BP has been forced to stop work on the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline after breaching Georgian national law, campaigners revealed today.

The Georgian government suspended work on BTC following BPs decision to start construction in the ecologically vulnerable Borjomi region, despite its repeated failures to obtain the necessary environmental certification to proceed. The region contains the Borjomi national park, an area of outstanding natural beauty and mineral water springs whose bisection by the BTC pipeline has long been the subject of fierce opposition by environmentalists.

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The region the BP is going to work in is one of great natural beauty. It is home to mineral springs and what many describe as "great natural beauty".

Here are some pictures of the region from the official park website

It truly would be a shame to destroy the area, as can be seen from the photos.

However, this news is bad for the economy. It adds to the growing troubles the oil market is experiencing today with the imminent shutdown of the Russian oil giant, YUKOS. But sometimes there are more important things than oil and the economy.

[edit on 7/28/2004 by lockheed]

[edit on 7-28-2004 by Valhall]

posted on Jul, 28 2004 @ 02:18 PM
You know what, its going to hurt the economy, but, as you pointed out, sometimes things are more important. Good for the Gerogians for standing up for thier own country.

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